Author Archives: Margaret Merry

About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live in the little coastal village of Las Negras in the heart of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.

Trabajando El Esparto

This lady was at the traditional crafts fair at my neighbouring village of Terque last Sunday. She was demonstrating the old craft of mimbre – making products from esparto grass. I asked her to pose for me as I thought … Continue reading

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This is the view of my nearest town, Alhabia, from the other side of the Rio Nacimiento. I like the contrast between the green, fertile valley below the town and the barren mountains behind. The image size is 350mm x … Continue reading

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A Lane in Laujar

My first painting in over two months. Since I moved house I have had little time as there has been so much to do on our new cortijo and the summer has been very hot, but there is plenty to … Continue reading

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Girl with Cat

This is a pastel portrait of my 11 year old granddaughter Ellie. She has just been to stay with me for a week and I took the opportunity to create this portrait in pastels. I drew her holding my cat … Continue reading

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Ute’s Garden – Flowers and Pots

Another painting of my neighbour, Ute’s garden. This time I have taken a wider view as I wanted to incorporate her colourful flowers and interesting pots into the composition of this patio. As usual one of her cats was lounging … Continue reading

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A Country Lane in Spring, Las Hortichuelas

In this watercolour I wanted to capture the light and fresh colours of spring where I live. Because we had some heavy rain in January and February the landscape Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata this spring has been remarkable … Continue reading

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A Corner in Ute’s Garden

My neighbour, Ute’s cottage garden is looking beautiful at the moment. With her green fingers and artistic eye she has created a charming Andalucian garden around her traditional cottage. She has also collected bits of old furniture to compliment the arrangements … Continue reading

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